The problem of crack growth in hot path components such as combustor liners is complicated by several practical and theoretical considerations. The loading environment of such components involves high temperature levels and gradients that lead to considerations such as thermal stresses, crack closure, hold time, inelastic strains (both time dependent and independent), and Thermal Mechanical Fatigue (TMF). In general, a good understanding of the influence of these factors on crack growth was not obtained. At the same time, several nonlinear fracture mechanics parameters were suggested for such applications; however, most of the proposed methods were not tested for broad applications such as required for hot section components. It was the purpose of this program to evaluate proposed nonlinear methods by performing a thorough experimental and analytical study. The results illustrated that much progress was made in developing nonlinear methods.